POTSDAM, N.Y. — New Paltz State beat Skidmore 3-1 in first round action for the NCAA Division III Women’s Volleyball Championship Tournament on Friday at Clarkson Alumni Gymnasium. With the victory, New Paltz State tied a program record in single-season wins with 33, matching its 2009 total.
New Paltz State (33-8) hit .230 as a team, which outpaced Skidmore’s .214 hitting percentage. The Hawks also had nine service aces and six total blocks. Skidmore (26-8) had just one service ace and three total blocks.
The Hawks hit .353 in the opening stanza to cruise to a 25-19 set win. With the score tied at 9-all, New Paltz State rattled off three points in a row to go up 12-9. A kill by senior middle hitter Dana Vosilla gave the Hawks that three-point cushion. Skidmore drew within one late in the set, but a five-point run, including three kills by freshman outside hitter Becca Borquist, gave the Hawks a 24-18 lead. After a service error ended the streak, sophomore outside hitter Alex Bizub floored a kill to put New Paltz up early.
New Paltz State trailed for the entire second set. The Hawks drew within one on two occasions—once after a service ace by junior setter Marissa King and once off a Skidmore service error—but the Thoroughbreds’ .500 hitting percentage compared to the Hawks’ -.057 clip ultimately gave Skidmore the lopsided victory in the frame.
New Paltz State turned it around in set three, with the Hawks hitting .412 in the game. With Skidmore up 11-10 the Hawks went on a five-point tear, back-to-back Thoroughbred attacking errors prompted a Skidmore timeout. The Thoroughbreds drew within six at 22-16, but the Hawks closed the set by scoring three consecutive points. A service ace by junior libero Carrie Hack gave New Paltz the set victory.
The Hawks had trouble closing out Skidmore in the fourth set with match point on the line. New Paltz built up a 24-11 advantage thanks to 18 kills, but the Thoroughbreds continued to fight off match point. During that span, the Hawks were charged with five attacking errors, a service error and a ball-handling error, but Vosilla finally sealed the win with a kill.
Borquist paced the Hawk offense with 16 kills, while senior outside hitter Michelle Jacobson compiled 15. Four New Paltz players had double-digit dig totals: Hack with 16, Jacobson with 14, Borquist and sophomore libero Katy Herbst with 11 each. Vosilla boasted four total blocks, while Herbst recorded four service aces. In addition, King dished out 46 assists.
For Skidmore, Bottelier and Elise Finnerty keyed the attack by totaling 13 and 11 kills, respectively. Mallory Mendelsohn had 39 assists, while Sam Friedman compiled a match-high 30 digs.
New Paltz State advances to the second round—also regarded as the regional semifinals—Saturday, and it will face the winner of the match between SUNY Cortland and Colby-Sawyer College.